Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LNG Port Application Withdrawn!

Victory at Sea!

Liberty Natural Gas Withdraws Application

Announced on April 24th, effective April 20th (just in time for Earth Day!), the Liberty LNG natural gas port proposed for off the New Jersey and New York coastline has been officially withdrawn, and the federal government has terminated all work on the proposal. 

In late March, 2012, the State of New Jersey sent a letter to the federal government detailing each and every instance where NJ Governor Christie said "NO" to LNG - in all forms, in all locations, and by all applicants.   The Governor had officially - and legally - vetoed this port in February of 2011, and Liberty LNG spent the last 14 months trying to find ways to get around this clear opposition.

Armed with the NJ Governor's veto and frustrated by the inaction over the last year (in refusing to deny the LNG port application), Clean Ocean Action and 30 other environmental groups from Montauk, NY, to Cape May, NJ, sent a letter to the federal government demanding that this unnecessary foreign fossil fuel facility be shown the door - officially.  One week after the collective voices of the citizens and organization of New York and New Jersey called for the denial of the LNG port, Liberty LNG (owned by a Canadian investment firm), withdrew the application. 
This Victory for our clean ocean is the third victory in as many years - proposals for a giant floating port and a man-made island-port and were both cancelled in 2010 and 2011.  For the first time in over a decade, there are no pending or proposed LNG ports in the New York/New Jersey Ocean! Clean Ocean Action wants to thank all the citizens who stood together over the years against this needless harmful industrialization of our ocean!  As we look to the future, these ports can always come back - Clean Ocean Action will remain vigilant as we all work toward the Clean Ocean Zone! 

  • Read the MARAD letter accepting the Applicant's withdrawal here;
  • Read the letter COA and 30 other organizations sent to MARAD demanding that this port be cancelled - one week before the applicant complied - here.

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